Smaller and duller than the more common Emperor Dragonfly.

Male: Dull with blue banding near top of abdomen.

Female: blue abdomen, yellow near the top.

Where to See

Latin NameAnax parthenope

Breeds in ponds and small lakes and can tolerate brackish water.

Status & Distribution

Rare but currently annual migrant.

First recorded 1996, Gloucestershire; has bred in Cornwall.

Similar Species


  • larger
  • green abdomen


Vagrant Emperor

  • brown eyes
  • lighter brown abdomen.


Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 71mm
  • Green eyes.
  • Brown abdomen.
  • Male: Brown abdomen with bright blue “saddle” at S2.
  • Female: Blue abdomen with black band down the middle.
Flight PeriodLesser Emperor